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NEW NEW NEW The #1 Selling Real Estate Office in Lynnfield and Peabody* *MLSPIN data 1/1/12-2/26/18 Lynnfield $2,999,000 Louise Bova-Touchette 617-605-0555 Peabody $599,900 Evelyn Rockas 617-256-8500 Lynnfield $1,329,000 Rossetti/Poti Team 781-718-4662 Open House Sat & Sun 12-1:30p.m. Lynnfield $999,900 Nikki Cappadona-Martin 781-710-1440 Peabody $509,900 Joyce Cucchiara 978-808-1597 PEABODY WEEKLY NEWS Serving the community since 1957 MARCH 1, 2018 • VOL. 62, NO. 9 16 PAGES • ONE DOLLAR Striking a chord at the library SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE: ESSEX MEDIA GROUP’S PERSONS OF THE YEAR PHOTO | OWEN O’ROURKE Chamber ensemble Music at Eden’s Edge continues the four-part lecture/performance series, Close Encounters with Music, with ‘By Special Arrangement,’ at the Peabody Institute Library. Violinist Annie Rabbat and Cellist Jacques Lee Wood explore musical arrangements varying from the composer’s own doing to others done decades or centuries later; some close to the original, some following the vision and aesthetics of the times for which they are adapted. The Close Encounters with Music series aims to deepen the music listening experience for audience members, from new listeners to committed music lovers, by offering context for and exploration of the music performed live. PRSRT STD ECRWSSEDDM U.S. Postage Paid Permit #66 Peabody, MA Mayor gets a pay hike By Adam Swift Editor Page 2: Police end donation scam Page 3: Walsh running for reelection Page 5: Honoring those who’ve made an impact Page 7: Rocha is best in Big East Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. is getting a $10,000 raise. The City Council approved the raise, bumping his annual salary from $110,000 to $120,000. Several councilors noted that while the total increase is 9 percent over the current salary, both Bettencourt and his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bonfanti, have refused to take raises several times over the past decade. “Of the neighboring cities and towns, our mayoral salary structure is probably at the bottom of the spectrum,” said Tom Gould, councilor-at-large. “I think we should be consistent with area salaries.” The salary for mayor in Salem is $135,000 and slated to go up to $150,000. In Lynn, the salary is $145,000, and in Beverly, it’s $110,000, although Gould said a charter review in March could lead to an increase in that salary. “I do believe we’ve seen that we have a very active mayor and I believe he is worth every penny of it,” said Ward 1 Councilor Jon Turco. “I think to put it in the ballpark of other mayors, while not advancing the salary too far, I think he deserves it.” Councilor-at-Large Ryan Melville was the lone councilor to vote against the pay hike, although he said he was more concerned MAYOR, Page 3